NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment bank Piper Jaffray has downgraded Illumina to Neutral from Overweight and also has cut its price target on the stock.

Senior Research Analyst William Quirk said in a note published today that the "downgrade reflects concerns over increasingly more challenging 2H13 comps, likely limiting upside in the back half of the year, and with the current valuation."

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